The Wasdale shuttle bus. Photo: LDNPA

The Wasdale shuttle bus. Photo: LDNPA

Shuttle buses are again running in two Lake District valleys during weekends and bank holidays.

The low-cost public transport allows outdoor enthusiasts to access Wasdale and the Buttermere valley, two areas subject to vehicle congestion.

The Lake District National Park Authority is collaborating with bus companies in the scheme, with services running from Ravenglass and a pop-up car park at Nether Wasdale, and Wasdale Head, starting point for ascents of Great Gable, Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.

A shuttle bus will also run from Cockermouth to Buttermere. The first bus will leave Cockermouth at 9.30am, with the last service from Buttermere scheduled for 5.10pm.

The first Wasdale vehicle leaves Ravenglass at 9am, calling at Nether Wasdale at 9.30am and arriving at Wasdale Head at 10am. Final return service leaves Wasdale Head at 6.15pm.

The shuttle buses will run on Saturdays and Sunday, along with bank holiday Mondays from now until the end of August. Fares are £2 per person; £1 for under-21s and free for children under five and concessionary pass holders.

Train connections are available at Ravenglass station and buses connect at Cockermouth.

Emma Moody, the Lake District National Park Authority’s lead strategy adviser for recreation and sustainable transport said: “These buses have been very popular over the past couple of years, so we are delighted, with the help of our partners, to be able to bring them back for the 2023 season.

“Both Buttermere and Wasdale valleys can get very busy with traffic during peak times so this is an ideal solution to ensure that people really can make the most out of their day.

“We’ve received great feedback about how it makes the journey much more enjoyable and allows people to sit back and really take in the fantastic scenery while they are travelling.

“We will be also promoting a range of sustainable travel options throughout the summer season including cycling, walking, sailing and using public transport so that even if visitors arrive at the Lake District by car, they can leave the car behind and get around the park in different ways.”

Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s portfolio holder for vibrant and healthy place added: “The shuttle buses are a chance to sit back relax and connect with your stunning surroundings.

“Developing sustainable travel habits should not be demanding on our visitors or residents. We are making it as easy possible and part of the experience when visiting. The initiative supports our local communities and keeps the Lakes safer reducing traffic to allow our emergency services access at busy times.”

The Lake District authority’s website has details of the Wasdale service and the Buttermere Service.

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